A Kiso Hinoki layer on your blade gives you the unique feeling that the ball sticks (or 'hugs) to the blade, following the whole arc of your stroke. This does not only offers more control over where you place the ball, but it allows you to impart more spin on your loop. This gives you greater control over your loops, resulting in more consistency and great variety of spin.The soft feel of the wood is also ideal for blocking, giving you great control over the placement and return of the ball.
These properties are almost ideal for many types of table tennis blades, but unfortunately Kiso Hinoki is normally only used in the more expensive and premium quality blades, because the wood is rare (only grown in the Kiso region of Japan), and very expensive. Kiso hinoki is often used on the outer layers of the blade, but the greatest effect can be felt with a single-ply blade. Only a few manufacturer made genuine kiso hinoki blades, and even between them there are variations in quality.
OOAK shop is the sole distributor for Darker in Australia, and is a trusted specialist table tennis store, and has been in business for more than 10 years, so you can be assured of expert advice and continued support.
Since we're players ourselves, and test a lot of our equipment, we understand the needs of players, and can therefore offer the best advice. If you have special requirements for your blade (eg a specific weight) we would be happy to discuss this with you!
Since we deal and communicate with the manufacturer directly, you can be assured that the products are genuine, and that they have been stored in acceptable condition and are checked before being shipped.
You can browse through find our Range of Darker Blades here in our shop, or you can contact us for advice. If there are blades we do not carry, we can usually order them in for on request.